We’re in the final month of 2015 and it’s time for another prospects update from the Boston Bruins system.
Providence continues to have problems finding the back of the net consistently without the presence of Alex Khokhlachev (injured) and Frank Vatrano (in Boston). The goaltenders have been better but still rank among the last in AHL for key statistical categories.
Ryan Fitzgerald is having a superb season for BC, breaking out offensively as a junior and scoring on the power play and while shorthanded. Crosstown rival Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson continues to impress in his freshman season, scoring at nearly a point-per-game clip and demonstrating a mature, refined game beyond his 19 years.
Daniel Vladar had an outstanding week with the Chicago Steel, allowing just one goal in two wins. When on top of his game, he’s fluid and tough to beat with his size and quickness.
Alex Khokhlachev, C Providence Bruins
GP- 11 Goals- 4 Assists- 9 Points- 13 Penalty Min- 2 +/- 6
Hand injury; did not play. Expected to be out an additional 2-3 weeks.
Seth Griffith, RW Providence Bruins
GP- 13 Goals- 4 Assists- 6 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 10 +/- -4
As an indicator of how much the Providence offense has struggled this year since Koko was injured two-plus weeks ago and Frank Vatrano called up to the Bruins, Griffith is still three points away from tying Koko for team best in scoring.
Tommy Cross, D Providence Bruins
GP- 16 Goals- 1 Assists- 9 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 29 +/- -6
With a goal and three points in his last six games, Cross has been one of the few bright spots on Providence of late. Since returning from his first NHL stint, Cross is playing with renewed confidence and energy as team captain.
Austin Czarnik, C Providence Bruins
GP- 13 Goals- 2 Assists- 6 Points- 8 Penalty Min- 10 +/- 3
Czarnik has struggled to find the score sheet since coming back from a shoulder injury-he has just one assist in his last six games.
Chris Casto, D Providence Bruins
GP- 14 Goals- 0 Assists- 8 Points- 8 Penalty Min- 14 +/- -10
Colby Cave, C Providence Bruins
GP- 20 Goals- 5 Assists- 2 Points- 7 Penalty Min- 6 +/- -8
Like Czarnik, Cave has just one assist in his last six games after scoring a respectable five goals in his first 14 contests.
Noel Acciari, C Providence Bruins
GP- 20 Goals- 3 Assists-3 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 7 +/- -3
The former PC captain has three points in his last six games to pick up some of the scoring slack after tallying just 3 points in his first 14 games.
Anton Blidh, LW Providence Bruins
GP- 18 Goals- 5 Assists- 0 Points- 5 Penalty Min- 10 +/- -5
Colton Hargrove, LW Providence Bruins
GP- 13 Goals- 3 Assists- 1 Points- 4 Penalty Min- 8 +/- -2
Linus Arnesson, D Providence Bruins
GP- 15 Goals- 0 Assists- 1 Points- 1 Penalty Min- 0 +/- -1
Malcolm Subban, G Providence Bruins
GP- 9 MIN- 542 GA- 19 GAA- 3.10 Spct- ..872 W- 2 L-5 OTL 2 SO- 1
Subban has shown improvement since the last update, raising his save percentage, lowering the GAA and posting his first shutout of the season against Lehigh Valley this past Saturday.
Zane McIntyre, G Providence Bruins
GP- 10 MIN- 598 GA- 31 GAA- 3.11 Spct- .876 W- 3 L- 4 OTL- 3
Zach Senyshyn, RW Saulte Ste Marie Greyhounds
GP- 20 Goals- 11 Assists- 5 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 4 +/- -10
With one goal/point in his last five games, the scoring has fallen off. The 15th overall pick last June has tallied several highlight reel goals over the course of the season, using his speed and hands to light the lamp, but while the tools are there, the consistent production has been elusive to date.
Jeremy Lauzon, D Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
GP- 23 Goals- 4 Assists- 27 Points- 31 Penalty Min- 40 +/- 23
Rouyn-Noranda’s top scoring D continues to play well at both ends, logging a lot of minutes, playing strong positional defense and continuing to put up points.
Jakub Zboril, D Saint John Sea Dogs
GP- 20 Goals- 3 Assists- 6 Points- 9 Penalty Min- 24 +/- 2
Jake DeBrusk, LW Swift Current Broncos
GP- 16 Goals- 8 Assists- 15 Points- 23 Penalty Min- 13 +/- -2
Jake DeBrusk returned to action last week, scoring in the first two games he played for a total of three points in the two contests.
Jesse Gabrielle, LW Prince George Cougars
GP- 24 Goals- 14 Assists- 8 Points- 22 Penalty Min- 38 +/- 2
Brandon Carlo, D Tri-City Americans
GP- 18 Goals- 2 Assists- 11 Points- 13 Penalty Min- 51 +/- -5
Carlo is back in the Americans’ lineup after missing games to injury. He tallied a goal and five points in seven games since getting back on the ice while maintaining a physical, rugged edge to his play.
Ryan Fitzgerald, F Boston College Eagles (HEA)
GP- 12 Goals- 10 Assists- 9 Points- 19 Penalty Min- 29 +/- 19
Fitzgerald is off to the best offensive start in his third/junior season for the Eagles with three goals in his last three games. He’s making an impact on both the PP and PK special teams. His 10 goals lead BC, but is second in overall points to freshman Colin White (Senators), who has 21.
Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, C Boston University Terriers (HEA)
GP- 14 Goals- 4 Assists- 9 Points- 13 Penalty Min- 10 +/- 4
JFK is tied with Ahti Oksanen for second on the Terriers in scoring and has been impressive in the faceoff circle thus far this season with a better-than-projected impact as a freshman.
Anders Bjork, LW University of Notre Dame (HEA)
GP- 14 Goals- 3 Assists- 9 Points- 12 Penalty Min- 4 +/- 10
Danton Heinen, LW Denver University Pioneers (NCHC)
GP- 12 Goals- 5 Assists- 5 Points- 10 Penalty Min- 0 +/- 3
Ryan Donato, C Harvard University (ECAC)
GP- 8 Goals- 4 Assists- 3 Points- 7 Penalty Min- 10 +/- 5.
Cameron Hughes, C University of Wisconsin (Big Ten)
GP- 12 Goals- 1 Assists- 5 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 6 +/- -2
Matt Grzelcyk, D Boston University (HEA)
GP-6 Goals 2 Assists- 3 Points- 5 Penalty Min- 12 +/- 2
Grzelcyk was sidelined briefly by a knee injury- not the same surgically repaired knee from offseason.
Sean Kuraly, C Miami University (NCHC)
GP- 14 Goals- 1 Assists- 4 Points- 5 Penalty Min- 17 +/- -6
Another stretch of play with no offense for the senior center.
Matt Benning, D Northeastern University (HEA)
GP- 15 Goals- 2 Assists- 3 Points- 5 Penalty Min- 17 +/- -10
Wiley Sherman, D Harvard University (ECAC)
GP- 8 Goals- 1 Assists- 2 Points- 3 Penalty Min- 4 +/- 4
Rob O’Gara, D Yale University (ECAC)
GP- 9 Goals- 0 Assists- 2 Points- 2 Penalty Min- 12 +/- 0
A slower-than-expected start offensively…more expected of the senior D and he will pick up play at both ends as the season goes on.
Peter Cehlarik, LW Lulea (Sweden)
GP- 19 Goals- 5 Assists- 3 Points- 8 Penalty Min- 0 +/- -2
2013 third-rounder scored a couple of goals in SHL play since last update.
Emil Johansson, D HV71 (Sweden)
GP- 21 Goals- 0 Assists- 2 Points- 2 Penalty Min- 12 +/- -1
Maxim Chudinov, D St Petersburg SKA (Russia)
GP- 32 Goals- 6 Assists- 8 Points- 14 Penalty Min- 75 +/- -7
Chudinov’s production has ticked up over last seven games with a couple of goals and helpers. It is still not known whether he and the Bruins will work to sign a contract or if the team will allow him to enter free agency in summer.
Daniel Vladar, G Chicago (USHL)
GP- 11 MIN- 610 GA- 20 GAA- 1.97 Spct .930 SO- 2; 3-4-2
Vladar went 2-0 last week, allowing one goal and posting his second shutout of the season.
Jack Becker, C Sioux Falls (USHL)
GP- 20 Goals- 2 Assists- 4 Points- 6 Penalty Min- 2 +/- -1